Our head trainer has moved to California and we couldn’t be more excited! If you are in the Elk Grove/Sacramento area and are in need of our services, feel free to contact SSP any time. To celebrate the expansion, we are offering a limited time offer.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE INSIDE AND OUT
What does it take to claim you are living a healthy lifestyle? The definition might be different for a few different people but overall, I think we can agree, it’s a balance between the outside and inside. For instance, fitness competitors will typically tell you that they are at their weakest and possibly least healthy when they step on stage. Let’s call it an unsustainable body type for the most part. They look fantastic but do they feel fantastic? Some say yes, some say heck no. Now those that say yes, I would bet, that if they were to maintain that competition day physique it wouldn’t take long for them to start feeling pretty crappy…mentally as well as physically. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if someone who is only paying attention to their mental state and neglecting their body, they will start to degrade as well.
There has to be a balance between the mind and the body. Working out, eating healthy and staying active mentally all work together to create a truly healthy lifestyle. This is something we all (including me) should be reminded of on a daily basis. Life is meant to be LIVED. Balance is key. Now, if you are a client of mine, this doesn’t give you a license to go and binge because you’ve been eating healthy all week. Quite the opposite. Binge eating not only hurts your body but also one’s mental state. How many of you have eaten too much or binged then immediately beat yourself up about it and continued to for days, even weeks after the fact. Where there is balance, there is happiness.
Working out should be fun, should keep your outer “you” ready to tackle anything physical the world may throw at you. Alternately, your mind/mental state needs training or a workout as well. Whether it be meditation, prayer, reading a good book, taking that course you’ve always been wanting to take or spending quality time with loved ones. Remember, when our time on this earth is gone, how do you want to be remembered? Will people say, “oh ya, I saw them in the gym every day, they were ripped but I didn’t really know him/her very well” OR will you be missed because you made an impact on someone’s soul? (Hmmm, this blog is taking a different turn then I initially intended but maybe it’s what someone needs to hear right now.) Your body shouldn’t define you, it should enable you.
Become who you were meant to be and make an impact. I know I want to…and I will. My work is NOT done and neither is yours. Not if you still live and breathe on this earth. Make it count! Everyone has a purpose, what’s yours?
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF GLUTAMINE OR L-GLUTAMINE?
First of all, what is glutamine? Glutamine is an amino acid found in your muscles. Over 60% of your skeletal muscle is glutamine. So when you train, your body’s glutamine levels are depleting, which in turn, decreases your body’s ability to maintain it’s strength, endurance and ability to recover. So, in short, supplementing glutamine levels can minimize the breakdown of the muscle and improve your protein metabolization.
Ok, now to the benefits, which are lightly touched on in my last sentence above. It’s been linked to protein synthesis – prevents your muscle from “being eaten up”; it helps maintain muscle/cell “fullness” and hydration as well as speeds the recovery/healing process. In addition, research has shown that it can help produce growth hormone levels. Please note that this information I have gained from various fitness articles, fitness professionals and alike. I am not a scientist. What I CAN tell you is that I’ve had wicked leg days and I KNEW that if I didn’t take glutamine that I would barely be able to walk the next day. Tried it both ways and definitely saw and felt the benefits of utilizing this product. PS, I have yet to come across a great (or even tolerable) tasting flavoured powder of glutamine. My recommendation is to stick with the unflavoured powder and just mix it with water.
WHY GET BCAA’S AND WHAT ARE THEY?
I get asked a lot about taking vitamin supplements etc while trying to hit your goals of gaining lean muscle and losing fat. I saw this on a post today and thought it useful to share.
BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They build up muscle and repair muscle after breakdown. So taking amino acid supplements helps you get those gains, and prevents your muscles from wasting away.
There are 22 amino acids in your body, but 3 major ones that are particularly good for repair. These 3 are the amino acids that make up BCAA supplements:
Leucine is helpful in muscle repair. Have you ever been sore after a workout? (I mean who hasn’t?). Well leucine is an amino acid that can help you repair your muscles and recover quicker. It helps prevent your muscles from being “eaten up” due to calorie deficits, hard workouts, or stress.
Isoleucine helps your body utilize carbs for energy. This helps fuel your workout and it allows your body to use up your carbs rather than store them. Your body will energy from your diet rather than from breaking down your muscles to fuel your workout.
Valine works to build muscle, repair tissue, and boost energy.
Enough science, what do BCAAs actually do for you?
BCAAs Stop Catabolism
What is catabolism? (Not cannibalism, don’t worry).
Catabolism is muscle breakdown.
When you are on a clean meal plan, your body breaks down fat cells to use for energy. That’s what we want, right? But, the bad news is your body also breaks down muscle to use for energy.
That’s the last thing you want when you’re trying to gain lean muscle mass.
If you are trying to lose some fat, but not muscle, BCAAs are very valuable.
A lot of research has been done to show that BCAAs increase the rate of protein synthesis (muscle growth), and decrease the rate of catabolism (muscle breakdown).
So that means you can eat clean, exercise, burn fat, and your muscles will stay nice and lean.
Would You Rather…
Would you rather your body use your carbs or store them as fat?
I think most of us can agree that we’d rather use carbs for energy!
That’s exactly what BCAAs help you with. BCAAs (Isoleucine specifically) increase your body’s ability to use carbs for fuel. This means your body will burn the carbs you eat more efficiently, rather than storing them on your hips!
If you’re already working out and eating healthy, BCAAs can push your fat loss to the next level. They are not a miracle pill, but they are proven to help enhance your body’s ability to use energy rather than store it as fat.